Gaudreau's been great.
While the Blue Jackets' 7-10-1 start may be disappointing, one player that hasn't been is, Johnny Gaudreau.
After signing a seven-year deal at $9.75M per year, Gaudreau has posted 7 goals and 11 assists in 18 games and is currently riding a four-game point streak (1-5--6). Sure, maybe he's not going to score 115 points like he did last year, but he also isn't on a line with Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm, and a point-per-game is closer to his career of 627 points in 620 games.
Not only is Gaudreau producing at a high level offensively, but his two-way game has also been excellent. According to naturalstattrick.com, at five-on-five, he's recorded 15 takeaways, which ranks fourth among left-wingers, and just seven giveaways, with just one of those being in the defensive zone, per moneypuck.com.
Gaudreau has been elite in every sense of the word. He's a one-man breakout, a world-class passer and protector of the puck, and he's got a good shot, too. Among LWs at five-on-five, Gaudreau is tied for second in goals, sixth in points, tied for seventh in rebounds created, sixth in shots, and also has a tremendous 14.29% shooting percentage.
The Blue Jackets and their fans surely have to be pleased with what they've seen from the biggest free-agent signing in franchise history.